Filipinos really have a knack in naming places or islands that’s easy to recall like common things like – hats! In Burias Island, Masbate, another set of islands got the monicker of Sombrero Island just because the island looks like the top of a cowboy hat. It’s funny though that the Sombrero Island Masbate in San Pascual is a set of two islands close together, fraternal twins I may say. The other island near the hat-like island has the gorgeous looking stretch of beach and sand bar. Sombrero Island Masbate is our second island destination in San Pascual, quaint and laid back.
Quaint Island Life
There were already a group of kids playing by the beach and a lone woman whose introspection by the edge of the long sandbar got interrupted by our arrival. Colored flags flapping along the stretch of the beach were signs that there is little development in the area. A small resort with native cottages where guest can stay a day or overnight were already in place. The beach, attractive from a far is really more of crushed corals and sand. Dong, the island caretaker was quick to say the sand quality changes in season. Sometimes the white powdery sand would be there but this time, the coral fragments carpeted the beach. It doesn’t matter though as the emerald waters in all its clarity is irresistible.
The hat-like island loomed nearby offering a stunning backdrop to this secluded beach. There were only a few tourist in sight. A walk on the beach offers view of the nearby island and mainland of Bicol. The island inhabitants are also fishers and the sight of dilis being dried under the sun is common. It’s a lovely place to stay in and relax for a few days. Now it is much easier with basic cottages available for stay. An overnight cottage with private bathroom good for 10 pax is available. Dong also informed us before hand that water is scarce on the island since they have to source it from the mainland. He advises guest to conserve water as much as possible.
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